B52 Stratofortress is Boeing's veteran heavy bomber and is still
one of America's most effective combat aircraft.
Now some 40
years after first coming into service, the plane is quite enormous
with a wingspan of 185 ft, it's over 159 feet long, and it and weighs
nearly 220 metric tons fully loaded.
it's still a very fast plane, capable of 650 mph with it's eight
Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans mounted in groups of
two, and it's able to fly up to 50,000 feet. It can go a long way
as well, some 8,800 miles without being refueled.
can carry 70,000 lb bombs, including conventional free fall bombs
and cruise missiles. B52 bombers also have a nuclear capability
made famous in the 1960s film Dr Strangelove.